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    Iíve been using a HPX170 for years for corporate work and have been happy with results.

    Recently, Iíve been toying with the idea of using my Nikon D750 for video work.

    I was interested in knowing what lens you would use for interviews or shooting b-roll.

    I currently own a 50mm lens.


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    Broll of ?
    Mountains? Riots? Ants? Wedding make up sessions?


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    I guess I was looking for a “go to” lens that fit most situations. I know that this is a broad subject. Maybe a 24-70mm?


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    Yeah, the 24-70mm is the full-frame 'go-to' zoom for close proximity filming.

    The 70-200mm is usually the next one on the list (for most people considering zooms) for the additional 'sniping' of b-roll from far away.


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    Another versatile option would be a Nikon 24-120mm f/4 or Sigma 24-105mm f/4 (I haven't had a chance to use one myself).

    I almost always use a prime for interviews on my D7000, usually a Nikon 50mm f/1.8D or Hasselblad 80mm f/2.8 CF.

    The 24mm f/2.8D is a great broll lens, as long as you can zoom with your feet, but you might want a 35mm since you're on full frame.

    I have a Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 for stills, as it's short focus throw makes it difficult to use for video.


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    If I could ask a dumb question.

    What is the difference in using a 35mm lens as opposed to using a prime lens?


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    A prime lens has a fixed focal length, i.e. it doesn't zoom, and they're sharper than zoom lenses (typically). I don't think that nikons makes any full frame zooms faster than f/2.8 (might be a physics limitation), but their prime lenses start at f/1.4 (except for the 1978 50mm f/1.2).

    A zoom lens would be more versatile, but they're also generally more expensive. What's your budget?
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    Quote Originally Posted by nklaeser View Post
    What is the difference in using a 35mm lens as opposed to using a prime lens?
    Just to add to the explanation above...a 35mm lens is a prime lens.


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    I guess these are the 'normal set ups'

    Slow and considered filming..
    20 50 80 135 primes (and longer /more 24 35 300, macro etc)

    Corporate with a little time but not far to walk..
    24-70 50 70-200 (2.8)

    Event with less time and further to walk
    24-105 50 70-200 (4)

    non stop reality/live to air..
    S35 camera and CN 17-120* or buy a camcorder

    You will see that as one progresses down this sequence compromises come in terms of Tstop cost mass and FOV.

    *That is S35 - no equivilent in Fullframe.
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